The Mystery Behind The Creepiest Television Hack In Broadcast History

Back in 1987 an unknown hijacker hacked the broadcast signal of the Chicago cable network WGN and overrode the station’s programming… Known now as the Max Headroom broadcast signal intrusion, and one of the only examples of signal intrusion in American history.

Basically, two people hijacked the signal of WGN over the period of just a few hours. The main person in the video, who’s speech is distorted, wears a creepy Max Headroom mask with a spinning piece of metal siding in the background. So what the hell is a Max Headroom?? Well…..


He was a character created by George Stone in 1984, played by actor Matt Frewer, in latex makeup made to look like a sophisticated computer graphic. The character blew up in the 80’s hosting various music videos, TV commercials and even had a sci-fi/action series.

Frewer’s voice was modulated with a harmonizer, making his voice sound computerized, as well as adding hiccups, sudden pitch shifts, and other glitches.


Neither the hijacker nor any known accomplices have ever been found, caught or identified, which leaves the incident to this very day unsolved. You can check out the television hack from 1987 at the bottom of the post below.

Matt Frewer as Max Headroom

The infamous WGN hack

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